ULI Boston - Forging the Future: Placemaking at Iron Works


2024-04-30T17:30:00 - 2024-04-30T20:00:00

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    Castle Island Brewery 10 Old Colony Avenue Boston, MA 02127 United States


    Standard Pricing Until April 30 Members Non-Members
    Private $50.00 $70.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $50.00 $70.00
    Student $40.00 $55.00
    Under Age 35 $45.00 $60.00
    Join us for an engaging discussion about the redevelopment process, the art of placemaking, and the strategic approach to tenant selection that distinguishes Iron Works as a beacon of community engagement and urban revitalization in South Boston. Incorporating the tenant perspective, this program promises a comprehensive look at how strategic tenant relationships contribute to the project's success.
    This program will feature insights from Leah Harsfield of National Development, Mike Panagako of Ten Feet Tall, Mark Partin from B/Spoke Studios, and Adam Romanow of Castle Island Brewing Co. Panelists will explore the evolution of the Iron Works site from a historical manufacturing complex into a dynamic mix of office, restaurant, retail, and fitness spaces, emphasizing the role of placemaking in creating vibrant, community-centric areas. Audience members will gain insights into the challenges and triumphs of transforming urban spaces, the significance of selecting the right mix of tenants, and the impact of these efforts on the local neighborhood and broader community.

    This program is presented by ULI’s Local Young Leaders Group and is open to all members.

    5:30pm – 6:00pm Registration
    6:00pm – 7:15pm Panel
    7:15pm – 8:00pm Reception


    Adam Romanow

    Founder/ CEO, Castle Island Brewery

    Adam Romanow is the Founder and CEO of Castle Island, with locations in Norwood and South Boston. As the company’s CEO, Adam is responsible for business strategy, brand direction, culture, and company vision. Adam is also the President of the Massachusetts Brewers Guild, the State trade organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth. Adam’s professional background includes time in management consulting, strategic market research, production brewing, and sales and marketing for the beer industry. Adam is a lifelong resident of the Boston area, an experienced home brewer, an avid cook, a lover of the outdoors, a musician, and a huge Red Sox and Patriots fan. Adam graduated from Connecticut College in New London, CT, with dual degrees in Economics and Philosophy.

    Leah Harsfield

    VP Asset Management, National Development

    Leah joined National Development as an asset manager in 2013 and was named Principal in 2021. Leah works on various product types including life science, office, industrial, and retail. She directs leasing strategy for new acquisitions, developments and key existing assets within the commercial portfolio including managing major lease expirations and new tenant prospects. Leah coordinates with the investment team to help make key decisions based on market factors including, tenant demand, rents, costs, competitive set, end user experience and capital markets. She plays a leadership role internally and within the industry to identify new trends in retail, prop tech, merchandising, space utilization, activation, and user experience and oversee effort internally to integrate progressive industry trends and best practices across the ND commercial portfolio. Education B.A., Communications, The George Washington University Professional Affiliations · NAIOP MA · Commercial Women in Real Estate (CREW) Charitable and Community Activities · Past Volunteer, Big Sisters of Massachusetts · Past Volunteer, Bridge Over Troubled Waters